Overall, the 2013 budget numbers for the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science, the single largest funder of physical sciences research in the United States, look reasonably good. The office would see its budget climb by 2.4% to $4.992 billion. Three of the office's six major research programs, however, are slated for potentially devastating cuts.
Month: March 2012
CERN experiment makes spectroscopic measurement of antihydrogen
In a paper published online on March 7 by the journal Nature, the ALPHA collaboration at CERN reports an important milestone on the way to measuring the properties of antimatter atoms.
Fab team scales up production of dark matter detectors
It's one thing to design and build a brand-new piece of technology, to test it and tune it until it works just right. It's an entirely different matter to take that one-of-a-kind instrument and mass-produce it.
IBM captures first-ever image of single-molecule charge distribution
IBM scientists were recently able to measure for the first time how charge is distributed within a single molecule.
Error undoes faster-than-light neutrino results
It appears that the faster-than-light neutrino results, announced last September by the OPERA collaboration in Italy, was due to a mistake after all. A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame.
Eight national labs streamline partnership agreements
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last month that eight of the Department’s national laboratories will participate in a pilot initiative to make it easier for private companies to utilize the laboratories’ research capabilities.
GAWDA issues bulletin in response to helium tragedy
GAWDA, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association, has issued an important helium bulletin in response to a tragedy following inhalation of the gas.
Oxford Instruments to supply tools to the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology for graphene research
Oxford Instruments has been selected by the Quantum Nanoelectronics Group from the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN), in Barcelona, to supply tools to be used for graphene research.
Physicist Marvin L. Cohen receives Carnegie Mellon’s Dickson Prize in Science
Carnegie Mellon University awarded its 2011 Dickson Prize in Science to Marvin L. Cohen, one of the most influential condensed matter physicists in the world.
Physicists, medical industry team up to build advanced cancer therapy accelerator
A new collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Best Medical International (BMI) aims to design one of the most dynamic and effective cancer therapy devices in the world.
Fermilab’s SRF program incorporates old equipment into new designs
Some people make coffee coasters out of old newspapers or lawn ornaments out of rusty shovels. Fermilab is building a particle accelerator that employs $28 million of recycled equipment and material.